West Ardnamurchan regatta to welcome round-Britain canoeist
WEST Ardnamurchan’s 34th Regatta will welcome home a man who will have completed a paddle around mainland Britain in an open canoe.
Ex-police officer Colin Skeath, who now lives in Strontian, and his nephew, Davis Gould-Duff, from Limerick, will just have completed the first round-Britain voyage in an open Canadian canoe, when Colin and wife Katrina are welcomed to the regatta next month.
The two left Strontian in April in a Swift Temagami canoe to travel the 2,500-mile route clockwise round Britain in aid of the Forget Me Not children’s charity, a hospice which supports children with life-shortening conditions and their families.
Regatta chairman Alastair MacColl said the group, and the village, is looking forward to welcoming the pair back to celebrate.
He said: ‘It will be a great honour for us to have Colin and his wife, who was part of his support team, as our guests and to celebrate their achievement.
‘Colin and Davis are fine role models for the young people which our annual regatta seeks to encourage. We also very much hope that Colin will take part.
‘ When they set off on their adventure in April, they spent the first night at Shore Cottage in Kilchoan, at the site of the regatta.
‘The West Ardnamurchan Regatta is always a very enjoyable day out and great fun both for participants and spectators. As well as the races, there’s lots more to do – a ‘guess the weight of the lobster’ competition, a raffle for a huge hamper, and stalls for jewellery, woodwork, cushions and candles, and paintings. Then in the evening, there’s the annual Regatta Dance.’
The West Ardnamurchan Regatta takes place on Thursday August 3 and Friday August 4, starting at 10am.
Sailing races start on the Thursday, followed by canoeing, rowing, outboard, power boat and more sailing races on the Friday.
More from Alastair MacColl on 01972 510 358 or Jon Haylett on 01972 510 293 or jehaylett@ btinternet.com
Colin Skeath and nephew Davis Gould Duff pictured setting off from Strontian for their challenge to circumnavigate mainland Britain in aid of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Davis Gould Duff and his uncle Colin Skeath